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Vol 58 No 5

Published 3rd March 2017


Zimbabwe

Whose judge is it anyway?

A battle royal is in progress over selecting the new Chief Justice; he or she could end up deciding who becomes the next president

The Chief Justice of Zimbabwe, Godfrey Chidyausiku, reaches the compulsory retirement age of 70 during February, which has set the cat among the factional pigeons of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Normally, President Robert Mugabe is reluctant to appear to be the author of major decisions, preferring them to look like the inevitable consequence of the law or of ZANU-PF's internal processes. It was thus that ex-Vice-President Joice Mujuru was removed in 2014, for example.

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